adjective (freer /ˈfrēər/, freest /ˈfrēəst/)
- [in names] denoting an ethnic or political group actively opposing an occupying or invading force, in particular the groups that continued resisting the Germans in World War II after the fall of their countries. See also Free French.
- Physics (of power or energy) disengaged or available. See also free energy.
- Physics & Chemistry not bound in an atom, a molecule, or a compound:the atmosphere of that time contained virtually no free oxygenSee also free radical.
verb (frees, freed, freeing)[with object]
- see rein.
Old English frēo (adjective), frēon (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vrij and German frei, from an Indo-European root meaning 'to love', shared by friend
Free means ‘without charge,’ and a gift is ‘something given without charge.’ The expression “free gift” is therefore a needless repetition.
Verbs ending in -oe, -ee, and -ye keep the final -e when adding -ing: (frees, freeing, freed).